A fierce thunderstorm brought lightning, heavy rain and even reports of hail Thursday evening on the mid-Island.
The storm resulted in at least two lightning strikes near Nanaimo.
One hit a century old maple tree at The Living Forest Campground.
The 30-metre tree exploded, but luckily no one was injured.
A second strike in Nanaimo’s north end also targeted a tree.
The lightning travelled through the tree, into the ground and ruptured a natural gas line.
The gas leak forced evacuation of 40 units. The residents returned to their homes this morning.
Elsewhere in Nanaimo, a downpour that lasted a little more than 30 minutes caused flooding.
Photos taken at the Woodgrove Center show several inches of water in the parking lot making it look more like a wading pool.
Deep pools of water could be seen on streets in the area as well.
Before today, the mid-Island had received just a fraction of the usual rainfall for April and May.
So far less than 20mm of rain had fallen compared to an average of 80mm.